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Residential parking restrictions back in force

Coronavirus pause ends with warning to motorists

Residents parking sign in Brookmans Park. Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Parking restrictions are being enforced again across Welwyn Hatfield.

The resident parking scheme was paused in March because of the impact of the pandemic, but the borough council has decided to reintroduce the scheme due to an increase in traffic.

Three months ago Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) lifted some of its parking restrictions. The resident parking schemes were paused with many people working from home and not using their vehicles.

But WHBC has now reversed the decision in order “to manage the impact of increasing traffic on our roads following the easing of lockdown and lower-than-usual use of public transport”.

The authority says it believes the time is right to restart the enforcement of resident parking permit schemes with many more businesses set to open their doors for the first time in months.

All existing permits are being extended for three months to compensate residents for the time that enforcement was suspended. WHBC says this will automatically be added to accounts and reminders will be sent when permits are due for renewal.

Details of parking permits can be found on the council’s website.

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